LAS VEGAS, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SHFL entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select Market: SHFL) ("SHFL" or the "Company") will show how its iGaming offerings and other product lines offer "A Better Game" during the 2013 International Casino Exhibition ("ICE") at the ExCel London International Exhibition & Convention Centre, February 5-7, 2013. Product demonstrations will be available at stand #S6-340.
"ICE provides us with an excellent opportunity to highlight our most cutting-edge solutions to meet our European customers' needs," said Gavin Isaacs, Chief Executive Officer for SHFL. "Over half of our business is in the international marketplace, and our European customers are important constituents of our business. With our recently established Gibraltar and Alderney operations, we are also delighted to demonstrate our suite of iGaming products for the European online marketplace."
SHFL's exhibit will feature products from each of its five product categories – iGaming, utilities, proprietary table games, electronic table systems, and slot machines – and will emphasize how it provides…
…A Better iGaming Experience
SHFL will feature its suite of specialty table games available for online play, which includes Three Card Poker,Ultimate Texas Hold'em,Casino War,Fortune Pai Gow Poker,Mississippi Stud,Let It Ride,Four Card Poker,Crazy 4 Poker, Raise It Up,Six Card Poker and blackjack with Bet the Set, Royal Match, and King's Bounty side bets. Using thin-client, elastic cloud technology, SHFL's state-of-the-art online platform and its iGaming products are designed to fit seamlessly into a variety of online operations.
The Company will highlight the advanced capabilities of its HTML5-based mobile games, spotlighting the high quality and compelling nature of the game content.
SHFL will also proudly introduce its first game for the social casino, Mississippi Stud, at ICE. SHFL's social casino games are designed to enhance an operator's free-to-play ecosystem by promoting synergies between the land-based and online environments, such as encouraging new user sign-ups and integrating casino rewards points.
…Better Security and Efficiency through Enhanced Utility Offerings
SHFL will unveil its new ChipStar roulette chip-sorting machine at ICE. The Company's newest utility innovation will feature the latest technology to deliver an exceptionally smooth, efficient, and accurate chip sorting process.
Debuting at the 2012 Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in October, the DeckMate 2 card shuffler will be a highlighted utility product for SHFL at ICE. This state-of-the-art poker shuffler offers significant performance and security improvements over its predecessor, the DeckMate, which has been a staple in the poker market for over 10 years. The DeckMate 2 boasts a shuffle time of 22 seconds, which is twice as fast as the original, and increases game security and integrity through built-in optical card recognition. Both wear on cards and the need for frequent shuffler maintenance are reduced due to an innovative new shuffling method. Other exciting features include an on-board timer, which allows operators to call the "clock", and a remote touchscreen display with an intuitive user interface for card verification.
Other utility offerings highlighted at the show include the MD3 baccarat and blackjack shuffler; the one2six single and multi-deck continuous shuffler; the i-Deal shuffler for single-deck specialty games; the i-Shoe Auto optical card-reading shoe for baccarat and blackjack; the 24" double-sided LCD i-Score baccarat viewer; the i-Verify LCD touch-screen for "house way" games; the Deck Checker card verification system; and the Easy Chipper D chip sorter.
…Better Specialty Games and Progressive Technology
Global Gaming Business voted SHFL's new House Money side bet as the "Best Table Game Product" in 2012. In House Money side bet for blackjack, the player's first two cards must be a straight, pair, straight flush, or Ace-King suited to win the bet, but the winning doesn't necessarily stop there. All or part of the player's side bet winnings may be added to their standard wager and play continues like a traditional game of blackjack. House Money has been described as an ordinary side bet with an intriguing twist, which provides players with a new level of excitement and operators with a higher hold percentage. The House Money side bet is also available for baccarat.
The Company will debut a progressive version of Big Raise Stud Poker, a five-card poker game where the player's three cards are combined with two community cards to make a five-card poker hand and a player can win with a pair of 6s or better. A 3 Card Bonus side bet wager is featured with the game and wins if the player's three cards make a pair or better, regardless of the player choosing to play or fold.
Other progressive titles that will be shown at ICE include: Mississippi Stud, Ultimate Texas Hold'em, and Crazy 4 Poker. All progressives will be running on SHFL's next generation Nexus Command progressive hardware, which combines an intuitive dealer interface with electronic chip sensors embedded in the table to allow players to place an optional jackpot wager to potentially win fixed prizes or a continuously incrementing progressive jackpot. The Nexus Command hardware is compatible with the Company's Operator Wide Area Progressive ("OWAP") technology, which provides casino operators with the ability to offer linked progressive jackpots across multiple properties, leading to faster incrementing and more frequent jackpots, while delivering even more excitement to the tables.
Better Technology with e-Table Innovations
The Company will display Rapid Fusion from its Rapid line, which combines a live dealer with a touchscreen betting interface, resulting in enhanced game security and increased productivity for casino operators. Rapid Fusion allows for concurrent play of four games at the same time (e.g. two baccarat, one sic bo, one roulette or three roulette, one baccarat). The user-friendly, 22" widescreen interface features tabs, which show table status, countdown, wagers, and results from each game, and allow for fast switching between games.
i-Table Roulette and i-Table Blackjack will also be on display at ICE, which are both now available with additional language options.
…Better Slot Content
SHFL will have 7 slot titles on display this year, further showcasing its deep portfolio of content and highlighting its growing success in the international marketplace.
Debuting at the Australasian Gaming Expo in August 2012 and given its strong reception at G2E 2012, The Flintstones™ will be prominently displayed at ICE. This three-level, low-denomination standalone progressive features a suite of exciting base games and attractive jackpot prizes along with the exciting "mini-reel" feature trigger.
SHFL's slot machine lineup will also feature: 88 Fortunes, 5 Treasures, Tiger Power, Chomp, Cape Fortune, and Oink. All of the titles offer unique features like new mathematical models, new jackpot triggers, and new themes.
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About SHFL entertainment, Inc.
SHFL entertainment, Inc. is a leading global gaming supplier committed to making gaming more fun for players and more profitable for operators through product innovation, and superior quality and service. The Company operates in legalized gaming markets across the globe and provides state-of-the-art, value-add products in five distinct categories: Utility products, which include automatic card shufflers and roulette chip sorters; Proprietary Table Games, which includes live games, side bets and progressives; Electronic Table Systems, which include various e-Table game platforms; Electronic Gaming Machines, which include video slot machines; and newly introduced iGaming, which features online versions of SHFL's table games, social gaming, and mobile applications. The Company is included in the S&P SmallCap 600 Index. Information about the Company and its products can be found on the Internet at www.SHFL.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.
Forward Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements within the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements included in this release other than statements that are purely historical are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, without limitation: our anticipation that all of our products and game titles will be accepted in all of our markets, will be commercially successful and will be received and in-demand by casinos and their customers; our strategy and ability for innovation and exploitation of our technology, brands, and intellectual property across all of our product lines, including our iGaming content;; our expectation that our products will perform as they are designed to do and to and will meet our profitability, performance and innovation expectations; our belief that the requirements of our privileged licenses will not be changed, altered or revoked in a manner that would impact our ability to conduct our business or market our products as currently conducted or as we anticipate doing so. Our beliefs, expectations, forecasts, objectives, anticipations, intentions and strategies regarding the future, including without limitation those concerning expected operating results, revenues and earnings are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from results contemplated by the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: unexpected changes in the market and economic conditions and reduced demand for or increased competition with SHFL's products; our unanticipated inability to accomplish our innovation objectives or our inability to accurately gauge the commercial appeal of our products; increased infringement on SHFL's intellectual property or proprietary brands; unanticipated changes in the laws, rules or regulations governing gaming and iGaming and the regulation of gaming in all markets.
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